The task pane is a Microsoft Office feature found in Office 2002 (Windows XP), Office 2003, and later versions. It enables users to have quick access to common features, information, and commands. By default, the Microsoft task pane opens on the right side of the Office program window.
If you are running a compatible version of Microsoft Office, you can use the Ctrl+F1 keyboard shortcut to open the task pane. You may also click on the View option in the program menu, and then select Task Pane.